01/16: Puebla, Mexico, Neza

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CMLL (MON) 01/14 Arena Puebla [hugo999 @ box y lucha, El Sol de Puebla]
1) Legionario & SWAT b Espiritu Maligno & Mr. Rafaga
2) Black Terry, Kraken, Siki Osama b Centella de Oro, the Tiger, Tigre Rojo
3) Pequeño Damian 666, Pequeño Halloween, Pierrothito b Bam Bam, Shockercito, Tzuki
4) Alex Koslov, Blue Panther, La Máscara b Atlantis, Olímpico, Sangre Azteca
5) La Sombra, Místico, Rey Bucanero b Averno, Mephisto, Último Guerrero

Mistico beat Averno, and challenged for a shot either of Averno’s titles.

CMLL (TUE) 01/15 Arena Mexico
1) Artillero & Súper Comando b Sombra de Plata & Trueno
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Astro Boy, Tigre Blanco b Apocalipsis, Hooligan, Ramstein
3) Flash, Metálico, Stuka Jr. b Diamante Negro, Ohara, Shigeo Okumura
4) Blue Panther, Rey Bucanero, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Mephisto, Universo 2000
5) Místico, Shocker, Valiente b Atlantis, Averno, Olímpico

In the third fall, Valiente took out Olimpico with the Valiente Special (his dive), Shocker took out Atlantis and Mistico was left alone with Averno. Mistico is back to consistently winning those, and challenged for a shot either of Averno’s titles. Sounds familiar.

Los Rebeldes are 0 and 2. Heck of a start.

CMLL (THU) 01/10 Arena Neza [heri999]
1) Super Camaleon & Super Tri b ? & Bacteria
2) Sensei & Trueno b Apocalipsis & Zayco
3) Bam Bam, Pequeño Olímpico, Último Dragoncito b Pequeño Black Warrior, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
4) Arkangel, Disturbio, Shigeo Okumura b Flash, Máximo, Valiente
5) Rey Bucanero, Shocker, Volador Jr. b Atlantis, Averno, Último Guerrero

indy (SUN) 01/20 Gimnasio Municipal Ciudad Juarez [Sergio Guzman Velaquez @ box y lucha]
1) Casandro & Rayman vs Magno & Mistico (Juarez)
2) Máscara Sagrada, Rayo de Jalisco Jr., Villano III vs Rey Escorpio, Silver King, Super Parka
3) El Hijo Del Santo vs Blue Demon Jr., LA Park, Dr. Wagner Jr.

The NWA TV show debuts tonight on the Colours network, which none of you have unless you have Dish Network (and hten it’s channel 9407.) However, you can also watch it on the web on their site, and the main event is Hijo del Santo & Rey Misterio vs Nicho & Blue Demon Jr.

Zamora Bone @ el Martinete says an (unnamed) TV show says Latin Lover is upset with AAA for no paying royalities on his merchandise. AAA (in the form of Octagon) says Latin’s stuff is just not selling since he’s not wrestling any more. I find that a bit hard to believe, since it’s not like Latin’s gone into hiding.

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AAA 12/29/07

AAA 12/29/07, taped 11/15/07

I actually missed the six sided ring here. I guess that means I’m used to watching AAA. The chain match could’ve used the extra space, especially with four people and assorted interlopers all fighting for room.

The booking of the opener put in a down mood for the show and the whole bit about showing this episode out of order and showing GdT highlights nearly a month before they’ll actually air was down right strange, but there were good things on this show. This might have been the best AAA women’s match of the year. No one did anything extraordinary, but the people you’d expect to have horrible gaffes did not. And La Parka Jr. falling asleep during yet another Mesias monologue was one of the best moments of the year. I’m not going to miss Mesias too much when he’s gone, but I think AAA might.

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01/15: Mexico main event change, Guadalajara, Monterrey

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Ovaciones says this week’s CMLL main event has been changed. It’s now a parajes incredible match with teams of Mistico & Dr. Wagner versus Ultimo Guerrero & Rey Bucanero. (Mission Accomplished?) The working explanation is CMLL just couldn’t get Ultimo Guerrero vs Shocker signed on the dotted line, so this match is a make good. I’d guess Shocker was already booked elsewhere and they forgot, but I guess there’s a chance they worried about the drawing power of UG/Shocker.

The updated lineup

CMLL (FRI) 01/18 Arena Mexico
1) Bam Bam & Mascarita Dorada vs Pequeño Black Warrior & Pierrothito
2) Fabián el Gitano, Mictlán, Super Nova vs Euforia, Nosferatu, Virus
3) Super Nova & Valiente vs Alex Koslov & Marco Corelone and Flash & Último Dragón and Felino & Heavy Metal and Black Warrior & Olímpico and Averno & Mephisto and Damián 666 & Mr. Águila and Misterioso II & Sangre Azteca
4) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Mistico vs Rey Bucanero & Último Guerrero [pi]

Flash replaces La Mascara as Ultimo Dragon’s partner, which was probably a typo. Super Nova replaces Mistico as Valiente’s partner, which hurts their chances of winning just a bit. Note that Nova is still listed in the segunda, so that has to be fixed, and Black Warrior is still in the tag team tournament, which conflicts with yesterday’s rumor.

Perro vs Volador is also official for Sunday.

Today’s Arturo Rivera column talks about how great Mistico is, giving him credit for now working his actual family back into his ever changing back story and changing up his gear for 2008.

Obscure World Championship News: Ovaciones and Box Y Lucha says Rayo de Jalisco Jr. will defending the WWA Heavyweight against Hijo de Cien Caras on 02/16 in Centro Social Municipal de Zihuatanejo, Guerrero.

NotiMex previews Shocker/Ultimo Guerrero. Oops. In Reforma (thanks to Jazzo) Shocker talks about beating Perro Jr. for his hair. That’s just as likely.

SickMistico @ box y lucha reprints Lucha 2000 interview Marcela. Marcela is on her daughter’s school’s PTA.

CMLL (SUN) 01/13 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
4) La Máscara, Leono, Tony Rivera b Angel Blanco Jr., Sangre Azteca, Texano Jr.
5) Atlantis & Último Guerrero b Rayman & Sagrado [CMLL TAG]

Rudos got the Atlantida’s for the clean win. Looks like now they’re going to do the Occidente tag team titles next.

Tecnicos challenged the rudos a trios hair/mask match after their win. Rudos said, no way.

AAA (SUN) 01/13 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [RFC]
1) Dranser & Scravos b Criminal & Invasor
2) Aguila Extreme b Dr. Cianuro [NORTH LH]
3) Kaientai, Lord Byron, Ramses (Monterrey) b Erick Snake, Insane, Sick Boy
4) Principe Diamante, Rio Bravo, Tito Santana II b Antifaz del Norte, Iron, Virtual X
5) Charly Manson & Hombre Sin Miedo b Pimpinela Escarlata & Zorro

indy (TUE) 01/15 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Flecha (Monterrey) & Mascarita de Fuego vs Jaguar I & Jaguar II
2) Black Panther & La Mancha vs Mercurio & Tequilita
3) Gardenia Azteca & Rosa Salvaje vs Guerrero Negro & Rey Demonio
4) Maravilla Azteca & Pancho Tequila vs Casanova & Corazon Adicto
5) Golden Boy vs Simbolo [super libre]

indy (WED) 01/16 Flores Magon, Oaxaca
1) Lalo El Loco vs Fantasma (Oaxaca)

According to the article, both guys will get a match at Arena Coliseo soon.

CMLL (THU) 01/17 Arena Neza
1) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II vs Pólvora & Vaquero
2) Electrico, Shockercito, Tzuki vs Fire, Pequeño Violencia, Pierrothito
3) Ángel Azteca Jr., Leono, Máximo vs Disturbio, Dr. X, Nitro
4) Blue Panther, Rey Bucanero, Sagrado vs Atlantis, Euforia, Último Guerrero

CMLL (SUN) 01/20 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Quazar vs Milenio
2) Golden vs Fraile de la Muerte
3) Estrella de Jalisco vs Impostor
4) Carlo Roggi, Ebola, Lider vs Depredador, Exterminador, Valentin Mayo
5) Gallo, Leono, Tony Riera vs Infierno, Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno
6) Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Shocker vs Ephesto, Misterioso II, Universo 2000

Mascarita Dorada hurt his shoulder in the title match. Mini Damian says Dorada has to work his way back up the ladder.

The Daily Herald profiles Chicago area lucha indy GALLI. Their next show is on 02/10.

Plenty Magazine profiles Hijo del Santo for his work with Wildcoast.

Box Y Lucha #2853 has Mistico’s return. In one corner, Mr. Niebla is listed as the new leader of the Vipers. Not sure what that means for Abismo, but wouldn’t you just try to elevate Psicosis or Histeria to that level, since they manage to show up all the time?

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CMLL CAN52 GdR #109

CMLL CAN52 GdR #110, taped 12/14 and 12/26/07, aired 12/22

The minis match was good, but not as good as I’d hope it’d be by now. There still seemed to be unfamiliarity and lack of chemistry between the ex-AAA guys on both sides working with the CMLL minis. Atomo seems like a work in progress, and the huge size difference between the two teams is occasionally too much to swallow. Despite that, this definitely had it’s moments and I’m glad we’ll be seeing more of the minis, because they’ll keep working together better.

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01/13: Coliseo, SLP, El Paso

CMLL (SUN) 01/13 Arena Coliseo [CMLL, El Reforma via Jazzo]
1) Fire & Mini Skandalo b Bracito de Oro & Shockercito
2) Dr. X, Pólvora, Vaquero b Sensei, Tigre Blanco, Trueno
3) Fabián el Gitano, Flash, Metálico b Arkangel de la Muerte, Nitro, Skandalo
4) Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto DQ Felino, La Sombra, Máximo
5) Damián 666, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Mr. Águila b Dos Caras Jr., Marco Corelone, Volador Jr.

Main was all about Perro feuding with…Volador. Mistico had been listed in Marco Corelone’s spot earlier this week. Perro once again snuck in a low blow on a tecnico and covered him for the finish. Volador challenged Perro to a singles match next week, and it looks like it may happen.

Averno, Ephesto and Mephisto destroyed the tecnicos in the semimain, winning all three falls but getting DQed for excessive violence in the second.

Before the tercera, Loco Max, Hooligan, Dr. X, Nitro, Skandalo and Arkangel announced they’re dropping the Guerrero Pandilla name and are now Los Rebeldes. So I guess Hooligan is no longer the final one. Anyway, they announced the group and promptly lost. Way to go!

Tigre Blanco was taken to a hospital after getting hurt in his match, complaining about a headache, loss of memory and dizziness.

Mini Skandalo took Sombrita place. Since Sombrita is doing the gimmick of a former Sombra (and not the current one), it’d make since for him to switch gimmicks, but this looks like the same deal as the Mini Starman a while back: they were short a mini, and grabbed a guy and a spare mask to be a gimmick for a night.

The announced card for next week:

CMLL (SUN) 01/20 Arena Coliseo
1) Estallido & Relampago Azul vs Muerte Roja & Zargon
2) Molotov & Sensei vs Calígula & Méssala
3) Luna Magica, Marcela, Princesa Blanca vs Amapola, Hiroka, Rosa Negra
4) Felino, Máximo, Neutrón vs Ohara, Satánico, Shigeo Okumura
5) Alex Koslov, Marco Corelone, Rey Bucanero vs Héctor Garza, Mr. Águila, Texano Jr.

Volador/Perro will get added as a main event later in the week.

Note they’re back at Coliseo. I dunno. Things I also don’t know about: Rosa Negra’s a ruda again. Maybe they’re going to do a turn this time instead of having her just show up on the other side. Does Satanico ever team with his new pupils anymore?

(RFC) Super Fly will be out a month, after surgery to his right knee. Inevitable.

MBLW (SUN) 01/13 Arena Coliseo San Luis Potosi
1) Black Ventura & Sangre Guerrera vs Gemelo del Averno I & Gemelo del Averno II
2) Aranita, Bat Boy, Gacelak vs Alma Roja, Cuervo (SLP), Gavilan Jr.
3) Coscao Loco vs Apolo Star
4) Bogar, Imperial Jr., Warrior Star vs Cachorro, Demencia, Maligno

Coscao Loco is the SLP Cruiserweight Champion, and Apolo Star is the Welterweight champion, though neither is on the line.

Rayo de Plata (SUN) 01/13 Arena Mexico San Luis Potosi
1) Genesis, Saeta del Ring, Salome, Vision vs Dr. Satan, Leopardo, Tamahawk, Venom
2) Black Fantasy, Fuerza Maligna, Sabu Jr., Tiger boy vs Anticristo, Gato Salvaje, Poder Rojo, Turbo X
3) Cat Mortal, Dragon, Rayo de Plata Jr., Super Boy, Super Light vs Brujo Cosmico Jr., Futuro 2000, Lover Boy, Piscis, Sombra del Miserio

And they have two more matches! I think, if you are a luchadore in SLP on Sunday and you weren’t booked, life must suck.

AAA’s Dos de Tres Magazine #2 has La Parka Jr.

DELGADO (SUN) 01/13 El Paso, TX [Albert Cerda]
1) Reo II b Flash (El Paso)
2) Peluchin II & Punisher b Firebird & Fuego
3) Baby Juicy & Scorpio 2000 b Blue Man & El Guerrero
4) Epidemia, Galactico, Scorpio Jr. b Imposter Jr., NASCAR, Sexy Francis
5) Magno & Mystico DQ Cinta de Oro & Rey Escorpion

300 people at the show. Rey Escorpion yanked Mystico’s mask in the main event. Galactico pinned NASCAR in the semimain to set up a title match.

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Black Warrior and Toscano gone from CMLL?

RFC of lomejordelucha has heard Black Warrior and Toscano (formerly Tarzan Boy) have left CMLL.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Toscano’s been suspended from CMLL since his no-shows right before the end of the year double hair match. I believe the WON has been saying Toscano’s gone for six months, which seemed to me to be a stiff penalty. No-shows aren’t unusual in CMLL, but perhaps it was the proximity to a major show, or other things also going on. I have very limited knowledge of CMLL contracts, but I presume they’re just per date pay, and you’re get $0 from the company when you’re not being booked. If that’s accurate, Toscano really has no choice but to leave CMLL to get his own bookings; you can’t sit at home unpaid for six months. Toscano was already booked on the FMLL shows in LA and Chicago this weekend, and I’d guess he’d do more of these independent events and eventually head back to CMLL once this all blows over.

Black Warrior went AWOL for part of 2007, taking an unannounced vacation for a few months in the summer. There was never a big explanation when he came back; Warrior just apologized, thanked CMLL for giving him another shot, and pretty much immediately got his spot back (and got a mini.) I think (so I’m guessing from here on out) that actually might have been the problem; Warrior was stuck in one of those near top spots where you’re always around the main event, but always just rehashing the same feuds and never getting a new (money drawing) feud. For a guy whose put in a lot of effort to look important after the Mistico feud, it’s gotta be disappointing for the company not to match that effort. Maybe it’s just similar to Dr. Wagner, from the rudo side.

Assuming this isn’t a Park/Wagner thing, where people leave CMLL seemingly just to get a better spot back in CMLL a few months down the line, and Warrior is interested in going to AAA, AAA should rush to pick him up. I can’t immediately fantasy book where to put Warrior, but this is the perfect time for them to add a fresh top star and Warrior would fit. Warrior’s established his look enough that he probably would be fine getting by as Jesus Toral if CMLL owns the “Black Warrior” name (and I’m guessing they do.) I’d be less excited for Toscano going to AAA – though obviously the name issues aren’t there – but that’s mostly because I’m sure he’ll end back up in CMLL for some reason.

CMLL’s a little shorter on the rudo side now. The Guerreros del Atlantida are the smallest they’ve been in years, with only Atlantis, Ultimo, Olimpico and (maybe) Sangre around to carry the name. If only there was a former member hanging around with nothing to do. (No, not Mascara Magica.)

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2007 Tapatia Award Information

Hi!

This is the fourth Tapatia awards, designed to honor the best in lucha libre over the past year. We encourage all fans to vote, and let their voice be heard on the previous twelve months of Mexican lucha libre. This voting covers the calendar year 2007. Matches are eligible if they were TAPED in 2007, regardless of when they aired.

We’re using the same ballot as last year.

Voting will be held from January 13th to January 27th, subject to change. One ballot per person. Send completed ballots to (and only to) awards@thecubsfan.com. Ballots sent to other addresses or posted may not be counted – please make it easy for me and send the ballots to that address.

Scoring: Categories with first thru third voting will give 5 points for first, 3 points for second, 2 points for third. Categories with first thru sixth voting will give 17 points for first, 12 points for second, 8 points for third, 5 points for fourth, 3 points for fifth and 2 points for second. TIE VOTES ARE NOT ALLOWED. There will be a quiz on this later.

Any match in any location using the Mexican lucha libre style are eligible to be included. Shows in the US and elsewhere using this style are included. Japanese lucha libre promotions such as Michinoku Pro are not included, but Japanese tours by Mexican lucha libre promotions are included. Female and mini wrestlers are eligible for all categories, unless otherwise specified.

Quick descriptions of the awards:
1) Best Wrestler – top wrestler over the last year.
2) Best Match – please include dates, location where possible
3) Best Tecnico – greatest good guy
4) Best Rudo – for the entertaining evil-doers
5) Best Female – women only. Sorry, no exoticos.
6) Best Unit – tags, trios, atomicos, other groups – must’ve been a team in 2006
7) Best Promotion/Territory – CMLL, AAA, IWRG, AULL, “the group that runs Arena Coliseo Monterrey” or other – specific enough so we can identify a group
8) Best Rivalry – most interesting/exciting/entertaining feud. Can be person vs person, or people vs people.
9) Most Improved – wrestler who stepped up their game the highest from 2006
10) Most Underutilized – wrestler who’s deserving of more attention from both the promotion and the fans

I (thecubsfan) am the sole dictator of the awards, and my decisions will be final.

Please cut and paste the ballot to awards@thecubsfan.com. Do not post your ballot in this thread.

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01/13: IWRG, lineups, highlights

IWRG (THU) 01/10 Arena Naucalpan [superluchas]
1) Comando Gama b Akuma
2) Halcón Salvaje & Tortuguillo Ninja II b Judas el Tradior & Rockero del Diablo
3) Cyborg, El Hijo del Diablo, Nemesis IWRG b Freelance, Gemelo Fantastico I, Gemelo Fantastico II
4) el Hijo Del Anibal, Pantera, Veneno b Kai, Kalimari, Yamato
5) Oficial Fierro L Multifacético, Capitán Muerte, Bogeman, Puma King, Coco Verde [cage, loser advances]
6) Tortuguillo Ninja I L Oficial AK-47, Xibalba, Fantasma de la Opera, Cocolores, Septiembre Negro II [cage, loser advances]
7) Oficial Fierro b Tortuguillo Ninja I [cage, mask]

Tortuguillo Ninja I is Daniel Torres Ramirez, who’s wrestled as Chamaco Torres. He’s from Mexico City and has wrestled for 9 years. In the first match, they teased Multifacetico losing before he left Ofical behind for the win. In the second cage match, they teased Oficial on Oficial violence.

Ovaciones has an interview with Pirata Morgan about Los Piratas. They’re pretending to be debuting at the 01/19 AAA TV Taping, not that they really did much in 2007. They’re also going with the Hijo de Pirata Morgan and Pirata Morgan Jr. as sons and Barba Roja as a cousin.

Super Luchas #234 has the TNA/NJPW Tokyo Dome show on the cover, and a good interview with Valiente on the inside.

Accion highlights seemed to be cut on the midnight version eastern of the show I watched; GALA was running a few minutes behind so it could have been edited out. If I think to check the overnight rerun, I’ll let you know, but I’m sure it was Mistico’s return to Arena Mexico and whatever the main event of the Best of show was. In the usual place they stick them, right after the top 10, there was figure skating. Kinda different, but I did find out whatever happened to Suray Bonaly.

DeporTV Highlights

IWRG (THU) 01/17 Arena Naucalpan [superluchas #246]
1) Tortuguillo Ninja II vs Rey Estruendo
2) Gemelo Fantastico I & Gemelo Fantastico II vs Comando Gama & Puma King
3) Freelance, Multifacético, Star Boy vs Black Terry, Kalimari, Nemesis IWRG
4) Bogeman, el Hijo Del Anibal, Pantera vs Masada, Nosawa, Takemura
5) Villano III & Villano IV vs Hijo del Cien Caras & Mascara Ano 2000 Jr.

This is the week for Japanese cameos. I think they’re setting up a tag title match in the main event.

AULL (SAT) 01/19 Arena Lopez Mateos [superluchas #246]
1) Cerebro Diabolico, Cybder Black, Ice Man vs New Boy, Rey Marical, Super Tri
2) Hijo del Signo vs Maythor
3) Solar I vs Negro Navarro [CENTROAMERICANO]
4) Fantasma Jr., Kung Fu Jr., Robin Maravilla vs Rey Krimen, Shu el Guerrero, X-Fly
5) Dos Caras Sr., El Fantasma, Villano III vs Black Terry, Onita Santana, Rambo

This is Hijo del Singo’s debut match (spoiling WO teasers!), on a benefit show for El Signo. Not sure if he’s an authentic son or not. If there’s ever a time to sell your gimmick to a fake son, it’s when you’re in a bad enough finicial situation that people are running benefit shows for you. Pierroth Jr. is listed in X-Fly’s spot, but I don’t think they mean the CMLL guy.

Superlucha’s lineup for 01/19 lists the Hellbrothers/Familia de Tijuana as a Chessman/Halloween singles matches with other as seconds. Probably won’t make much difference in the end.

IWRG (SUN) 01/20 Arena Naucalpan
1) Cat Man vs Rey Estruendo
2) Tortuguillo Ninja II & Tortuguillo Ninja III vs Trauma I & Trauma II
3) Filoso, Golem, Star Boy vs Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro
4) Fantasma de la Ópera, Freelance, Multifacético vs Black Terry, Cyborg, Kalimari
5) el Hijo Del Anibal, Pantera, Ultraman, Ultramán Jr. vs Kushida, Masada, Nosawa, Takemura

I’m thinking this is Yurijo Kushida.

LJLL (WED) 12/19 Coliseo Tulancingo
1) Masterson Boy b Mr. Apocalipsis
2) Artikus b Iron Man
3) Slayer b Lanzelot
4) Angelito Azul b Rocky Lobo
5) Dinastia b King Power, Electric Rain
6) Black Fire & Konami b Angel Suicida & Concord

This is the Super Crazy led group with teenagers creating their own gimmicks, with a Spanish Fly finish for the main event.

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